Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen
Published by Full Fathom Five on November 11, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Fiction
Source/Format: An ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Full Fathom Five for an honest review
From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.
It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone—it’s Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.
Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.
But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.
What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?
After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl. –Barnes and Noble
Thank you to Netgalley and Full Fathom Five for providing me with an ARC for an honest review.
When Laura Rivers transfers schools she has a plan. A plan to be different than the girl she used to be. This is her chance to start fresh. To be the person she has always wanted to be. From the first step she takes on campus, however, she receives strange looks from everyone and they are all whispering about one thing: how similar she looks to the girl who killed herself by jumping off a bridge a year ago.
She is determined to not let the whispers or stares bother her. She quickly gets herself noticed by Englewood High’s golden boy, Charlie Sanders. It doesn’t take long for the two of them to become an item, but Laura notices that all his friends are paranoid about something. Could it be the fact that she looks like the girl who died? Or is there something more…
Holy Hell. I could not sit still the entire time I was reading this book. Very rarely am I as captivated with a book as I was with Dead Ringer. This book held my attention from the first word until the very last.
To be honest I did not know what I was getting into when I requested this book. I am glad to say that Dead Ringer took me by surprise. Jessie Rosen did an amazing job writing this story. She took her time developing the story and every single plot twist was perfectly placed. There were very few times when I could guess the plot twist before it happened. If the story had unfolded faster than it did I do not think that I would have liked it very much.
The book had three different characters telling the story, which normally would make a book very confusing and hard to follow. With Dead Ringer it works perfectly. The story was easy to follow and not confusing at all.
I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE.
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